When you change the time on your clocks; change your smoke detector batteries
 
By Submitted by Assistant Fire Chief Henderson
October 30, 2019
 

Did you know that more than half of all fatal home fires occur while people sleep?
Smoke detectors save lives. That's why every home or apartment needs more than one smoke detector. Smoke detectors give you extra minutes to get out of your home because they know about the fire before you do. By the time that you smell smoke, you have lost precious time to get your loved ones out safely. As we turn back our clocks on November 2, it's a good time to replace the old batteries in your smoke detectors. is the time to test them and make sure that you have enough of them in all the right places around your house. The typical smoke detector should be replaced every 8 to 10 years. National Fire Protection Association recommends at least one smoke detector on every level of your home, including the basement and the attic. We all have multiple smoke detectors on each level of our home and encourage you to do the same. Here are some important tips to remember when installing smoke detectors: To be extra safe, install one both outside and inside all sleeping areas. Having at least two smoke detectors in your home makes it far less likely, that both will be inoperative at the same time. Think about whether your home should have a hard-wired or battery operated smoke detector. If your smoke alarms are hard-wired into the home's electrical system, you will need to have a qualified electrician conduct the initial installation or install replacements. For battery powered smoke alarms, all you need is a screwdriver for installation. Some brands are self-adhesive and will easily stick to the wall or ceiling. If your home's smoke detectors are powered by electricity, add at least one battery-powered detector in case of power outages. Test your alarms while your children sleep to make sure they will wake them up. Sometimes the sound of a smoke alarm doesn't wake younger children. Follow the manufacturer's instructions to clean your smoke detectors. Excessive dust, grease or other materials may cause them to operate improperly. Vacuum the detector's grillwork